4 Books Every Aspiring Consultant Should Read


Being well-read is important for any new grad. It’s a great way to get your bearings in a new industry, and analyze your own career approach.

Aspiring professionals in the Consulting industry are no exception. Whether you’re starting a career as a Management Consultant, an IT Consultant, or a Strategy Consultant, these 4 books can put you on the right track to success. Take a look!

Mckinsey2The McKinsey Way by Ethan Rasiel

In under 200 pages, author Ethan Rasiel of the gold-standard Consulting firm McKinsey and Company outlines his team’s well-honed approach to problem-solving, communication, and management. The book is a quick and easy read that focuses primarily on the social and cultural aspects of working in the industry. This is a great pick for students and new grads who want to know more about the day-to-day life of a Consultant.

Checklist: You might like this book if you’re looking for…

  • Management Consulting insights
  • An easy read filled with industry-related information
  • A sneak peak into a day in the life of a McKinsey Consultant

richardnewton2The Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy by Richard Newton

This is your ultimate how-to guide on how to build a successful career in this industry. In addition to discussing the types of skills needed in Management Consulting, this book also provides great advice on how to build strong, long-term relationships with clients and manage office politics. This book is the perfect tool for aspiring Consulting professionals who are looking for answers to some of their biggest industry questions.

Checklist: You might like this book if you’re looking for…

  • Management Consulting tips for success
  • A list of the skills needed for a Management Consulting career
  • Answers to other Consulting-related questions

victorcheng2Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting by Victor Cheng

The case interview is highly useful for recruiters because it allows them to evaluate how you approach problems and find solutions. If you’re feeling a bit intimidated, don’t worry – this book has some terrific tips and tricks for Consulting professionals looking to master these scenarios from a former case-interviewer! It takes readers through a step-by-step guide that’s easy to follow.

Checklist: You might like this book if you’re looking for…

  • Advice from an experienced Consulting professional
  • A step-by-step guide for tackling case interviews
  • Insights on major Strategy Management Consulting firms

MakeYourCaseMake Your Case: Master Consulting Case Interviews by WallStreetOasis.com

Here’s another great resource for new grads looking to ace their case interviews. This quick read offers all the tools you need to tackle the common themes you will encounter such as everyday business situations, problem-solving, and standard business concepts. You’ll also find practice cases from real interviews conducted by top Management Consulting firms!

Checklist: You might like this book if you’re looking for…

  • Preparation tools for a Consulting interview
  • A quick and easy read
  • Examples of challenging and realistic cases

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